Seventy-five years ago, Roosevelt University’s founders had the guts to go against the norms of inclusion.
That spring, the board of the YMCA College had demanded demographic data about its students. The board planned to use the data to restrict how many black, Jewish and women students were admitted.
Outraged, staff and faculty members quit their jobs and students left their classes on April 24, 1945. Together, they walked out to create a new kind of university.
Seventy-five years later, Roosevelt University stands unwavering as a place where everyone can belong.
What would you walk out for today?
Join our virtual 75th anniversary celebration on social media.
- Record a short video or write a post about the issues or causes you’d walk out for today.
- Tag us @RooseveltU with the hashtag #75YearsOfRU.